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NO. R-66.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the New England Patriots on winning the 2004 American Football Conference Championship and wishing the team success in Super Bowl XXXIX.

(H.C.R.35)

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Martin of Springfield and Partridge of Windham.

Offered by:  Senator White of Windham District.

Whereas, the New England Patriots have, in recent years, repeatedly proven their championship caliber, and

Whereas, after winning Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams in a dramatic 20-17 last‑second victory on an Adam Vanateri field goal, the team returned to championship glory in Super Bowl XXXVIII when it defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29, due once again to Vanateri’s last‑second kicking precision, and

Whereas, with memories of the Super Bowl XXXVIII title fresh in its mind, the National Football League’s powerhouse team took to the field this season to demonstrate to football fans everywhere that New England’s team still stands second to none, and

Whereas, the 2004 Patriots played superbly and entered the American Football Conference (AFC) championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with confidence despite their opponent’s home field advantage, and

Whereas, from the start, the gridiron squad from New England, under quarterback Tom Brady’s leadership, was in command as the Patriots jumped quickly to a 10-0 first-quarter lead, and before the first half was over, the Patriots held an ultimately insurmountable 24-3 advantage, and

Whereas, despite the Steelers’ repeated second‑half efforts to catch up and surpass their rivals from the north, when the final whistle blew, the New England Patriots were victorious 41-27 and headed for Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles, and

Whereas, Head Coach Bill Belichick and the entire Patriots’ organization have once again proven they are worthy of laudatory praise, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2004 American Football Conference champions, the New England Patriots, and wishes them the best of luck in Super Bowl XXXIX, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to New England Patriots chairman and owner, Robert Kraft, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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